Kids, part 3

If you haven’t read them, you might want to start with Kids, part 1
and Kids, part 2.

Lauren 7, Zack 5

Lauren was admiring her reflection in one of the big dining room windows. Tom had her sit on his lap and told her the story of Narcissus, the handsome young man who fell in love with his own reflection. He eventually drowned when he tumbled into the water trying to get a closer look at himself. Lauren thought for a moment before concluding: “Boy, I’m sure glad I know how to swim!”  

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Tom was wiping the table after lunch and stepped in a trail of apple juice radiating away from Zack’s chair. When asked if he had spilled apple juice on the floor, Zack felt he’d been unfairly accused: “I didn’t spill it: I sneezed it out!”

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Susan called home from a weekend retreat on Whidbey Island.   Zack answered the phone on the first ring.

“Hello?”
“Hi, Zack!”
“Who’s this?”
“It’s Mommy.”
“Hi, Mommy!”

Susan wondered if Zack was near the phone in the kitchen, or if he was snuggling in “the big, big bed” with Tom. She asked, “Where are you, Zack?” “I’m at home,” he replied, probably wondering if Mommy had forgotten where she was calling.

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Zack referred to one of his facial expressions as “eye smiling.”

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We found a poster Lauren had drawn with this caption, “All the time grownup do on the phone is TALK! TALK! TALK! TALK! I getting board.” The picture showed Susan on the phone with her hand held up for silence saying, ‘Shshshsh!'” Lauren was shown holding her backpack (including key chain charms hanging from the zipper) and pulling at Susan saying, “I’m gonna miss the bus!” Outside the window, “Vroom” indicates that the bus has gone.

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Grandma mentioned in a note to Zack that she’d like to visit Auntie Martha in Alaska: “I hope to go to Nome in March for part of the Iditirod, the big dogsled race.” When Susan read it to Zach, he immediately replied, “I hope she wins!”

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Lauren asked Susan if she remembered a detail of a past event; she did not. Lauren announced, “I never forget anything because my memory is like things written down on pieces of paper I file and keep and never throw away.” Susan wondered why Lauren didn’t seem to remember something like, “Pick up your clothes.” Lauren replied, “That’s because it’s way at the end.” Susan wanted to know what happens to those things at the end. Lauren explained, “They get pushed down by other things. Long words push down short words like ‘clean-up-your-room.” Then she added, “Sometimes things get erased.” Oh? “My brain erases them.” After a short pause Lauren conceded in a quiet voice, “I erase things like ‘Clean up your room’ because I don’t like to do it.”

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Susan was putting on her makeup when Zack came into the bathroom and said, “Mommy, you don’t need to put on any makeup today because you’re beautiful enough without makeup.” Daddy didn’t tell him to say that.

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Zack announced that his Spring Fling at school is this evening. “I know this because George (the principal) told us yesterday that the program would be tomorrow and today is the next day after yesterday.”

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Lauren noticed we’d rearranged her closet and “highered the shelves.”

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Zack slept in until 8:30 – very late for him. When asked how he had managed to sleep so late, he explained, “I was busy with my dream and couldn’t wake up.”

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Zack went to his first sleepover at Ryan’s and Charlie’s house. We received a tearful call from Zack about 11 pm; he wanted to come home. When Tom arrived, Zack told him, “I couldn’t sleep because I was too hot, and I wanted someone from my family who knew me weller.”

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We had a terrific three-night camping trip with four other families at Salmon la Sac. At bedtime, Zack told Susan: “Mom, I wish I could be a kid forever.”

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After hearing a talk and obtaining more information about “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” we decided to sponsor and host two young refugees from Sudan. Zack was excited that “some Korean boys are coming to stay at our house!”

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In a video about “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” it was reported that some of the boys were just seven years old when were forced to flee their homes and eventually their country. Lauren whispered, “That’s how old I am!” She cried before going to bed because their plight was so sad and scary. Tom asked if she’d like to have some of the ‘Lost Boys’ come and stay with us, and she immediately brightened and said, “Yes!”

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Zack insists on clipping his own toenails, often leaving hangnails which bug him, so he clips more until he gets an owie on his toe. One big toe had been bandaged earlier, but the bandage “just came off.” Out of bed for the third time that night, Zack wanted another band aid because the last one “had run out of stick.”

Lauren 8, Zack 6

One morning Tom called the kids to look at a gorgeous sunrise sky. Back in the kitchen, Zack raised his arms, exclaiming with a British accent, “It’s a mahstapiece, a mahstapiece.”

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Zack discussed how Braille helps some “blindish” people to read.

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Lauren reported that in Sunday school they had studied about King Saul fighting against the Philippines.

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Zack couldn’t understand why Mommy and Daddy seem to buy Christmas gifts but Santa gets the credit. On the way to a party, Lauren and Zack grilled us. Zack asked, “Mommy, do you eat the cookies?” When she asked him what he thought, he immediately replied, “Don’t ask US the questions!  Tell the truth!  Do you??”  I volunteered, “OK – you ask the questions and we’ll tell you the truth.”  He asked Susan again, she denied it, and I had to confess to eating the cookies and reindeer food, and writing Santa’s thank you letters.  Zack seemed relieved that it all made more sense. Lauren, however, liked believing in Santa Claus, and said she had decided to continue with it.  After she’d gone to bed on Christmas Eve, she came back to the kitchen to remind us to put out cookies and milk.

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Zack was playing the “I’m thinking of someone who is…” guessing game with Susan. He says, “I’m thinking of someone who’s in our family, who’s a boy, who’s big and kind of fattish.” He was thinking of Tom.

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Tom can make his stomach look really big. Lauren once commented, “Daddy, you look like you’re pregnant.” Another time Tom was changing his shirt and Zack asked, “Daddy, can I feel the baby?”

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Zack showed us what they’d made in class for Palm Sunday. He explained, “The people laid down their goodest coats and the palm branches in front of Jesus and they were yelling, ‘José, José!'”

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Lauren described the eyes of the 8 month-old girl staying across the street as “the color of the ocean after a storm.”

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Zack burped one morning and pronounced, “Excuse me! I sounded like a sheep!” His burp was of the “baaah” variety.

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Zack saw a pair of earrings on the bathroom counter and asked Susan if she was going to wear them. Yes, she was. He responded, “Why do you always wear those? I’m sick of you wearing them!” He selected two different pairs for her to wear.

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Lauren was dizzy with anticipation in the weeks prior to her birthday. One morning she ran up to Tom with a gallon milk jug exclaiming, “Daddy, Daddy! Look at this!” She pointed to the expiration date. “It’s the day after my birthday!!”

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